This past week was fall break for the majority of the schools in Armenia. This is significant due to the fact that Tom, Jack and I were free to complete the second installment of the MAN challenge series: The runningMANchallenge from Artik to Gyumri – 15 miles of running and 4 stops along the way to test both our mental and physical endurance. Developed by Jack, this test proved to be more difficult than the first but not enough to keep us from our goal of the Gyumri Beer factory.
How it went down:
8:30am: began running from Artik
8:45am: stretched near the Andranik statue just outside of town
8:50am: began our first 30 minutes of running
9:20am: Stopped just before Horom for the Rock challenge. Here we each had to complete various exercises by carrying a rock, selected by Jack, for 8 minutes. If anyone dropped their rock before the time was up the first round of beers was on them. No rounds were bought as a result of this as everyone completed it without a problem.
9:30am: started our 45 minute run
10:15am: we stopped soon after the turn onto M-1 (the main highway between Gyumri and Yerevan) for the Fire Challenge. The most unique, this task was to be completed with a bandanna, clothespin and the use of a friend. With the blindfold & clothespin on, we first had to pick up one person, squat 10 times, carry them 10 meters, drop them, drag them 10 meters, pick them up again and carry them 20 meters, complete 5 dead lifts with the person, then drag them 20 meters all for time. Duffy completed Fire the fastest in 2 minutes 54 seconds. The first victory given was rightfully his.
10:40am: We began another 30 minutes of running
11:10am: We stopped just shy of Azatan to complete, the “I hate you Duffy” task. In this test, we completed as many leg exercises we could before the 8 minute timer was up. The one who was farthest down the list of exercises would be deemed winner, and of course have earned another beer. No surprise, Duffy prevailed again. And, in case you were wondering, both Tom and I told Duffy we hated him during this challenge..ha.
11:30am: Hit by fatigue we shortened our run to 15 minutes
11:45am: We stopped within eye view of the Gyumri Airport to complete the “I can’t breath” Challenge. This required each of us to complete 8 minutes of various exercises for one minute each. It was awful and awesome at the same time.
12:00pm: At noon we made our way on the last leg of the journey
12:15pm: We arrived at the Gyumri Beer Factory where we collapsed, drank a round of Gyumri’s finest, ate a heap of horovats, and were joined by Kim and Kelsey.
It was a great day thanks to both Tom and Jack!
Next up: the CascadeChallenge. Who’s in?